Readers: this blog is set in the future (sometime after the year 2020). Each entry assumes there has been a 5th revolution in the US — the Revenge Revolution. More about the Revenge Revolution and author, Entry #1. List and general description of entries to date.
Note: most entries are formatted as conversations. Characters appear in a number of entries, with many entries building on previous conversations. Profile of characters (see link at top of page). You’ll catch on quickly. Thanks for your time and interest…and comments.
Scene: Jordan’s office, Washington, DC. Conversation began Entry #289.
JC: “I agree that Paul Ryan could have set an example of leadership for generations to come. But, what did he do?”
Greenie: “He retired from the House. I guess you call it retired if not seeking in November 2018 qualifies as retiring.”
JC: “Whatever you want to call it, he bailed out. Seems like Ryan ran away from the bully Trump. Not what you call a good example for future generations, and not what you call a good ending to your political career.”
Jordan: “Enough of Ryan and McConnell. I’ve got an idea.”
Greenie: “You’ve got an idea? JC, did you hear that? Jordan has an idea.”
Jordan: “Why do I hang out with you guys? Such abuse.”
JC: “C’mon, you love it. Now what’s the idea?”
Jordan: “Looking in the rearview mirror and analyzing the past with a critical eye is important, but as we’ve talked about before, it’s hard to drive very fast by always looking in the rearview mirror.”
JC: “Tell that to some of the cable news talking heads. A lot of them can’t stop driving fast and looking backwards at the same time.”
Greenie: “Let’s keep in mind the past does provide some guidance to the future. You do agree with that, don’t you, Jordan?”
Jordan: “Very much so. And that’s the foundation for the idea. I think we should provide to the post-Revenge Revolution members of Congress a list of suggestions.”
JC: “What kind of suggestions?”
Jordan: “For lack of a better phrase, because I hate to say it, credible suggestions for really how to make America great again.”
Greenie: “I agree with the idea, but please, we need a different slogan. I mean, we don’t need to reincarnate the Donald.”
JC: “You guys serious? What makes us qualified to suggest anything to Congress? Granted none of us is the dullest crayon in the box but what gives us special insight?”
Jordan: “For one, Greenie’s articles about the Revenge Revolution. We might have more understanding about the causes of the Revenge Revolution than anyone in Congress, especially incoming members or staffers.”
Greenie: “I vote, yes, let’s make a list of suggestions. If nothing else making the list will be cathartic…and will make us seem smarter at parties.”
Jordan: “JC, you, in?”
JC: “OK. How do you want to start?”
Greenie: “Why not have a brainstorming session? You know, just blurt out ideas and write them down. We can sort the list later.”
(Following is the list from the brainstorming session about how to really make America great again. Over the coming blog entries, a number of these ideas will be discussed in more detail.)
- True leadership starts at the top.
- Congress needs to work as a unit and with independence from the Executive Branch. Not everyone in Congress will agree, nor should they agree, on every issue but Congress must function separately from the Executive Branch.
- Relationship building is critical. Presidents and administrations that reach out, listen and act for the good of the people are far more effective.
- Re-establish the independence of the judicial system. The White House and Congress need to respect the system, the law and quit trying to influence cases.
- Public’s confidence and other countries’ confidence in the White House will take several administrations to rebuild – probably 15-20 years.
- Adults with demonstrated skills should be selected as cabinet members.
- Time devoted in teaching civics needs to increase in grammar, middle and high schools.
- Conscription should be reinstituted. An alternative to military service would be a civilian corps.
- Widespread infrastructure programs need to be initiated – think WPA approach.
- Increase research and development sponsored by Federal government, with particular emphasis on pure research.
- Reinstitute environmental and financial regulations…judiciously. Companies and industries have proved repeatedly an in ability to manage themselves.
- Increase tax rates across all quintiles with the highest rate increases on upper incomes. Use part of revenue to fund infrastructure and part to help offset the negative long-term effects of Trump tax cut.
- Make all elections for Federal office publicly funded with no private contributions. allowed.
Jordan: “OK, let’s take a break. When we get back, we can clarify the wording of some of the ideas, maybe add a few others. We also can start digging a little deeper on these ideas.”